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Suddhashil Chatterjee

Santoor artist

Suddhashil Chatterjee
   Biography
Santoor has a tone which illustrates the Serenity of Valleys, its Origin.

Santoor is an instrument originally found in the valleys of Kashmir. Initially it used to be played on Folk Music, Sufiana Music as an accompaniment Instrument. Similar Instruments are played in Greece as Santoori, in Iran, Iraq, Turkey as Santour, in Germany as Hackbret, in Hungary and Romania as Cimbalon, in Finland as Kentele. Santoor is also known as Shatatantri Veena. Santoor originally had Hundred Strings; Even today in Kashmir its played as an accompaniment instrument in Folk and Sufi Music with Hundred Strings.

Suddhashil Chatterjee is the recipient of 'Abhinava Swarna Samman 2015' from Abhinava Kala Parishad, Bhopal along with Padmabhushan Gokulotsav Maharaj ji.

Suddhashil, with a gifted inarticulate sense of aestheticism has made an identity of solidarity in the doyen of Indian Classical Music. His Guru, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma's aesthetic training backed up by immense training of Hindustani Vocal Music under Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury amalgated with intense trainning of Tantrakari style of Maihar-Senia Gharana under Pt. Tezendra Narayan Majumder has developed his own style of Santoor Playing.

Connoisseurs, critics and audience in India and abroad are moved with his presentation illustrating the tranquility of Indian Classical Music, otherwise critical in a complicated instrument like Santoor. 

His aesthetic touch on the strings make listeners emotionally moved crossing boundaries of language and culture. Connoisseurs are considering framing of his Ragas as rare in Santoor in his Generation.

His musical virtuosity has been well appreciated at prestigious musical organisations and music festivals in India and abroad. Suddhashil is fortunate to be blessed, inspired by Maestros like Late Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Late Pt. Madhav Gudi, Pt. Arvind Parikh.Educationally Suddhashil is an M.Sc in Geology and devoted himself fully into the eternal waves of Hindusthani Classical Music. Suddhashil has been widely appreciated and interviewed by The Press in Dailies like “Nayi Duniya”(M.P.), Maharastra Times (Mumbai), The Statesman (Delhi), Kannada Prabha(Karnataka), Gomantak (Goa), Praja Bani (Karnataka), Dainik Bhaskar (Chandigarh), The Tribune (Chandigarh) etc. Apart from performing Suddhashil also gives Lecture - Demonstration too. His Lecture-Demonstration on ‘Santoor-Metamorphosis of a Folk Instrument’ at International Music Conference and Festival 2011, Bangalore along with musicians and musicologists from Japan, Korea, USA, UK, Singapore, Australia was a knowledge sharing experience for the delegates.Suddhashil also has exposure on World Music. He has played for Musician Group like ‘World Dreams’ of Italy. In India too, Suddhashil has worked with Western instrument players and composed and presented East-West Fusion music at festival like Kharagpur Book Fair, Bengal.
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Suddhashil Chatterjee - Santoor exponent
Suddhashil Chatterjee - Santoor exponent
Suddhashil Chatterjee at a concert at Brussels
Suddhashil Chatterjee at a concert at Brussels
Blessed by Legendary Late Dr. Gangubai Hangal
Blessed by Legendary Late Dr. Gangubai Hangal
Suddhashil Chatterjee blessed by Legendary Pt. Ravishankar
Suddhashil Chatterjee blessed by Legendary Pt. Ravishankar
Suddhashil playing on the occassion of 96th Birthday Celebration of  Dr.Gangubai Hangal
Suddhashil playing on the occassion of 96th Birthday Celebration of Dr.Gangubai Hangal
Suddhashil playing on the occassion of 96th birthday celebration of  Dr. Gangubai Hangal
Suddhashil playing on the occassion of 96th birthday celebration of Dr. Gangubai Hangal
Suddhashil Chatterjee performing at Kalaghoda festival, Mumbai
Suddhashil Chatterjee performing at Kalaghoda festival, Mumbai
Suddhashil Chatterjee at Gandharva Yuva Utsav, Pune
Suddhashil Chatterjee at Gandharva Yuva Utsav, Pune
Suddhashil Chatterjee with Guru Padmashree Pt. Shivkumar Sharma
Suddhashil Chatterjee with Guru Padmashree Pt. Shivkumar Sharma
Suddhashil Chatterjee with legendary Ustaad Zakir Hussain
Suddhashil Chatterjee with legendary Ustaad Zakir Hussain
Felicitation at Tagore Center, Berlin
Felicitation at Tagore Center, Berlin
Momento given by Indian Ambassador at Belgium
Momento given by Indian Ambassador at Belgium
Concert at Groninghen, Holland
Concert at Groninghen, Holland
Concert at Groningen, Holland
Concert at Groningen, Holland
Suddhashil Chatterjee at International Music Conference, Bangalore
Suddhashil Chatterjee at International Music Conference, Bangalore
Suddhashil Chatterjee playing at Brhaddhvani, Chennai
Suddhashil Chatterjee playing at Brhaddhvani, Chennai
Concert at TAGORE CENTRE,BERLIN
Concert at TAGORE CENTRE,BERLIN
Suddhashil Chatterjee performing in concert
Suddhashil Chatterjee performing in concert
Suddhashil Chatterjee performing in Pt. Krishna Rao Shankar Samaroha
Suddhashil Chatterjee performing in Pt. Krishna Rao Shankar Samaroha
HONOURED to RECEIVE ABHINAVA SWARNA SAMMAN from Abhinava Kala Parishad,BHOPAL this year along with PADMABHUSAN GOKULUTSAV MAHARAJ JI.
HONOURED to RECEIVE ABHINAVA SWARNA SAMMAN from Abhinava Kala Parishad,BHOPAL this year along with PADMABHUSAN GOKULUTSAV MAHARAJ JI.
   Career
Musical virtuosity of Suddhashil has been well appreciated at prestigious musical organisations and music festivals like International Music Conference, Bangalore, Shraddhanjali - A Tribute to Pt. Bhimsen Joshi (Dharwad), Times of India’s Kalaghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai), Bangalore Habba Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Samaroha Kundgol, Karnataka), Mandu Festival (Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad - Govt. of M.P), Kannad Prabha Music and Dance Festival celebrating 96th birth day of Padmavibhushan Smt.Gangubai Hangal, India International Centre (New Delhi), BRHADDHVANI, Chennai, Ram Krishna Mission (Bengal), Pt. Mandrekar Bua Sangeet Samaroha (Goa), Yuva Sangeet Utsav (Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune), Dept. of Kannada & Culture (Govt. of Karnataka - Mysore, Tumkur), Pracheen Kala Kendra (Chandigarh), CENTENARY Celebration of Pt. Viswadev Chatterjeee (Kolkata), Salt Lake Music Conference, (Kolkata) Srimad Sai Raja Rajeswari Trust (Mysore), etc. Suddhashil has been invited and honoured in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland. 

Few of the prestigious international concerts / venues where he got standing ovation from the audience for his outstanding performances are Abruzzo Festival (Italy), Peace Palace (Hannover), Indian Embassy (Tagore Centre, Berlin, Belgium), Maharishi Gandharva Veda Meditation Concert (Stuttgart), Maquis (France), Mocobo Culktural Centre (Italy), Saraswati House (Italy), RagaMala Naad-Yoga Concert (Holland), etc.

Apart from performing Suddhashil also gives Lecture- Demonstration too. His Lecture-Demonstration on ‘Santoor-Metamorphosis of a Folk Instrument’ at International Music Conference and Festival 2011, Bangalore along with musicians and musicologists from Japan, Korea, USA, UK, Singapore, Australia was a knowledge sharing experience for the delegates. His Lecture-Demonstration on "Santoor" has been shot at Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Devi Ahallabai University(Indore), which has been telecasted by DOORDARSHAN at the UGC Curriculum, Gyan Darshan etc.
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Santoor Concert by Suddhashil Chatterjee

Hindustani classical santoor concert by Suddhashil Chatterjee. The santoor is an ancient stringed musical instrument, native to Kashmir and Iran. It is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer often made of walnut, with seventy two strings.
   Awards & Achievements

* Suddhashil is fortunate to be blessed, inspired by Maestros like Late Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Late Pt. Madhav Gudi, Pt. Arvind Parikh.

* Suddhashil Chatterjee is the recipient of 'Abhinava Swarna Samman 2015' from Abhinava Kala Parishad,Bhopal along with Padmabhushan Gokulotsav Maharaj ji.

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